Flower Absolute is produced in the south of France, Italy, Tunisia, Morocco,
Haiti, Guinea, Comoro Islands, Algeria, Lebanon and, in small quantities, in
China, Spain, Egypt, Cyprus, etc. France Italy and Tunisia hold first places in
quantity. France and Tunisia lead in quality.
petroleum ether extracted concrete of bitter orange flowers, an absolute is
produced by alcohol extraction. This process is carried out mainly in France,
but many large-scale consumers of orange flower absolute will prefer to produce
their own absolute from imported concrete. The latter must be produced very
near the plantation of bitter orange trees.
Flower Absolute is a dark brown or dark orange colored, somewhat viscous liquid
with a very intensely floral, heavy and rich, warm, but also delicate and
fresh, long-lasting odor, closely resembling the odor of fresh bitter-orange
blossoms. Although this absolute certainly has notes in common with jasmin
absolute, it has a much more versatile application as a floral “fond” when used
at a comparatively low concentration. It shows a pleasant, but peculiar and
characteristic, sweet-herbaceous undertone, not unlike the one found in jasmin.
Orange flower absolute is only slightly cheaper than jasmin absolute, and it
may not always impart the same floral strength as jasmin at a similar
concentration. But its great advantage is in its freshness which is quite
surprising considering that it is an extract with great tenacity.
Orange Flower Absolute - Reconstitution -